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November 6, 2017

Four candidates competing for 88th District seat

88th District Virginia House of Delegates candidates Gerald Anderson, Steve Aycock, Amanda Blalock and Mark Cole.
2017 Election
• Polls open: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

• On ballot: Candidates for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the state House of Delegates.

• Polling places: Click here for list of Fauquier precincts.

• Fauquier voters: More than 46,500 registered.

• Questions: Click here.
Four candidates seek election Nov. 7 to the 88th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The district includes three Fauquier precincts — Lois, Morrisville and Remington — along with parts of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

The incumbent, Mark Cole (Republican) seeks his ninth, two-year term.

Gerald Anderson (Green Party), Steve Aycock (Democrat) and Amanda Blalock (Independent) want to unseat Mr. Cole.

Virginia legislators serve part-time, with 45- or 60-day General Assembly sessions opening each January. House members earn $17,640 a year.

Click below for Q&As with the 88th District candidates:

> Gerald Anderson

> Steve Aycock

> Amanda Blalock

> Mark Cole

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cnhvelarde · November 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm
As I read this story I am once again reminded and disheartened by Steve Aycock’s audacious remarks toward fellow candidates Amanda Blalock and Gerald Anderson. The remark I am referring to occurred during the October 10th debate held at the Stafford County Government Center where Mr. Aycock said he only had one opponent, indicating Mr. Cole was his sole competitor. He completely dismissed Mrs. Blalock and Mr. Anderson and went as far as to refer to her as “this one.” Perception is reality and having witnessed this remark myself it was evident to me that it was not well received by many in attendance that evening. Considering he is consistently reminding us, the voters, he is an associate minister, I find it hard to believe that he meant no harm or intent to belittle or disrespect them. I was happy to note though that Amanda Blalock showed great poise and restraint in responding - rather correcting - Mr. Aycock, telling him he had three opponents, not just one.

As a fellow Christian, I am disillusioned and embarrassed by one of our ministers, one who’s calling is social ministry. As a minister, he has a great responsibility to God and the church. He is an ambassador for Christ, a leader and teacher who is called to be the salt and light in this world and so he should know better. Yes, as humans we make mistakes (sin) but as Christians we are called to love our neighbor as our self which in this case calls for him to acknowledge and apologize for his offense. He should know better but as of today, I have not read nor heard of him apologizing.

As we wait to see the outcome of Tuesday’s election I suggest Mr. Aycock refer to James 3:9, Matthew 5:14-16 and Matthew 15:10-11. May God bless our wonderful state.
rto10049 · November 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm
So Mark Cole has been there 16 years What has he done in those sixteen years? I am a small business owner i have seen no tax breaks. Our teachers and publc safety works have not seen much on an increase in salaries. I think it is time for a fresh outlook think about it read the articles of all 4 candidates.
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